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Editorial: Inappropriate Link Between Terrorism and Hajj

February 24, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55842-2003Feb23.html

On February 24, 2003 The Washington Post printed an editorial by Mona Eltahawy stating that "males 16 and over from 25 nations -- all Muslim or Arab, with the exception of North Korea -- must register under the program, which began in September. It is aimed at temporary foreign visitors who present 'increased national security concerns...' I feel a disconnect...

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Muslim Student Finds Acceptance in ROTC Program

February 17, 2003

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

On February 17, 2003 the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that "as President Bush talks to the country about war with Iraq, Sarah struggles through every day at school, looking different, feeling different... She's easy to identify at Boca Raton High because she dresses according to her Muslim faith... But she's found a bit of acceptance in the school's ROTC program... Not because of its connection with military training, but because of the commander, a man with brown skin and accented English, a man who knows what it's...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Feb. 2003

February 17, 2003

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/a/2003/02/17/MN62211.DTL

On February 17, 2003 the San Francisco Chronicle reported that "Sunday's rally [near the San Francisco Civic Center], so entwined with the Middle East, sounded much like an interfaith service... Rabbi Pamela Frydman Baugh of the Or Shalom Jewish Community led a prayer on behalf of all the world 'and the ordinary people of Iraq...' A...

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Faith-Based Matchmaking

February 14, 2003

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On February 14, 2003 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "Scott McWilliams didn't believe that God had chosen one woman for him -- until he met and married the woman of his dreams through Equally Yoked, a club for Christian singles... Susan Jacobs, 26, an Orthodox Jew from Squirrel Hill, met her boyfriend at a conference on modern Orthodoxy... Before then, Jacobs had tried matchmakers, singles events, and even two Jewish Internet dating services... for Orthodox Jews... The Internet, where the greatest growth in faith-...

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Dispute in Neighborhood of Ponca Sweat Lodge in Omaha

February 11, 2003

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On February 11, 2003 the Omaha World-Herald reported that "whether the sweat lodge in the Brookhaven neighborhood in southwest Omaha is a religious practice protected under the U.S.  Constitution or a threat to public health and safety will be determined in the next 30 days. Monday, the City of Omaha said Rose could continue using her sweat lodge while it sorts out legal issues in the conflict... 'This is my way of life,' said Rose, a spiritual leader in the Northern Ponca Tribe. 'A lot of people rely on this...' Boyd Bell,...

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Community for Interfaith Celebration in Washington

February 8, 2003

Source: The Olympian

http://www.theolympian.com/home/news/20030208/living/24239.shtml

On February 8, 2003 The Olympian reported that "Jody Rush was raised a Christian. His wife, Hilari Hauptmann, grew up in a Conservative Jewish household. Their son, Gabe, attends Hebrew school at Temple Beth Hatfiloh, where Hauptmann recently became a member... As a family, they also belong to the Community for Interfaith Celebration (CIC), a small spiritual community in...

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Religious Leaders Express Differing Opinions over President's Speech

February 7, 2003

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On February 7, 2003 the Dallas Morning News reported that "Religious leaders reacting to President Bush's State of the Union speech seemed generally pleased with his proposal to further address the AIDS crisis in Africa but remained divided over his plans for confronting Iraq as well as domestic issues relating to cloning, abortion and faith-based groups... Madhi Bray, executive director of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation, said the president's words did not change his stand against war. Joining the applause...

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North Carolina Congress Members' Statements Draw Criticism

February 5, 2003

Source: The American Jewish Committee

http://www.ajc.org/InTheMedia/PressReleases.asp?did=752

On February 5, 2003 The American Jewish Committee issued a press release stating that "the American Jewish Committee has condemned the hateful remarks Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) made this week about Japanese-Americans... 'Rep. Coble owes the Japanese American community an apology for his insensitive, inaccurate, and racist remarks,' said Ann Schaffer, director of American...

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Multi-Religious Memorial Services for Columbia Crew

February 3, 2003

Source: Sun and Weekly Hearld

http://www.sun-herald.com/NewsArchive2/020303/tp1ch11.htm?date=020303&story=tp1ch11.htm

On February 3, 2003 the Sun and Weekly Hearld reported that "across Florida and around the world, people of many faiths offered prayers Sunday for the victims of a space tragedy that transcends doctrines... It would be hard to assemble a more diverse group: five men, two women; five white, one black, one East Indian;...

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Multi-Religious Memorial Services for Columbia Crew

February 3, 2003

Source: Palm Beach Post

http://www.gopbi.com/partners/pbpost/epaper/editions/today/news_e3d3af3f

On February 3, 2003 the Palm Beach Post reported that "as the pictures of the space shuttle, its crew and Indian-American astronaut Kalpana Chawla flashed on a screen at a [Palm Beach, FL] Hindu temple, 27-year-old Priti Patel had such mixed feelings... Although many Indians knew before the accident that Chawla was the first astronaut born in India,...

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First Presbyterian Church of Newtown, NY

February 1, 2003

Source: Newsday

On February 1, 2003 Newsday reported that the "First Presbyterian Church of Newtown is alive with the sights and sounds of an infant baptism this Sunday morning... At the baptismal font, a few feet from the church altar, stands Nnenna Ogbonnaya, 38, wearing the colorful dress of her Nigerian homeland and holding Kelechi, her swaddled 2-month-old daughter, in her arms... The church has survived war, fire and even a slide out of the path of progress. With a history of welcoming immigrants that has been renewed in recent times, First...

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Dovetail: National Resource Group for Interfaith Couples

January 25, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/entertainment/5029347.htm

On January 25, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "in 1991, Joan Hawxhurst, the granddaughter of a Baptist minister, married Steve Bertman, the grandson of Jewish immigrants. Soon, she began looking for organizations to help her negotiate the unpredictable religious terrain she and her husband found themselves exploring. There wasn't much out there that was 'open-minded...

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"Same Difference": A Play about Christians, Muslims, and Jews

January 10, 2003

Source: Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/col/story/50499p-47376c.html

On January 10, 2003 the Daily News reported that "it took Sarah Brockus and 21 colleagues about three months to interview 120 New Yorkers about their religious beliefs and practices and another three months to turn the conversations into a play called 'Same Difference'... 'And that's what we learned,' says Brockus, the work's director and inspiration. 'That in all the important ways...

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Scholar Seeks Public Response to Civil Liberties Issues

January 10, 2003

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/2002/dec/12282002/saturday/saturday.asp

On January 10, 2003 The Salt Lake Tribune reported that "a prominent religious scholar and seminary president is taking the Bush administration and the wider U.S. religious community to task on the issue of civil liberties since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks... 'One searches in vain for substantive public responses to the issues of internal security and civil...

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Editorial: FBCI Will Dictate Which Religions are Central or Marginal

December 24, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.religionandpluralism.org/GranteeArticles/KarenMcCarthyBrown_LA_Times%20OpEd122402.pdf

On December 24, 2002 the Los Angeles Times printed an editorial by Karen McCarthy Brown that stated, "lots of people seem to think that federal funding for faith-based charity violates the separation of church and state... It does. But there is another reason why Americans should be wary of allowing the...

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